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Mary PruessMary Pruess
WQPT General Manager

September 2017

 

Dear Friends of WQPT

August—what a month we have had. We hosted The Wall That Heals on the campus of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. Thousands of residents came to honor, mourn and learn from the over 58,000 names enshrined on The Wall.

We heard from many visitors with comments such as "what a sobering experience", "a wonderful, moving tribute", "we are so very grateful for our veterans and WQPT" and many other favorable comments. WQPT brings the world to your living room through excellent programming and outreach activities bring history and education alive.

The Wall was the fitting preview for Ken Burns' The Vietnam War, which airs beginning on Monday, September 25. For two weeks, the 10-part, 18-hour film features testimony from more than 80 witnesses from all sides of the war's massive social divide: soldiers and anti-war protesters, Americans and Vietnamese. We encourage parents to consider watching the documentary alongside their children. Educators can access resources about the Vietnam War by contact Michael Carton, Director of Education online or by calling 309/764-2400.

WQPT is a success, in large part, due to the dedicated young people, women and men who volunteer their time to make our outreach activities throughout the region possible. In August we held our annual Volunteer recognition breakfast. This year, we honored Kilee Foster of Rock Island as WQPT's Volunteer of the Year. Kilee is the granddaughter of Candy Eastman, WQPT Membership Coordinator. Congratulations Kilee and thank you to all of our volunteers who stood watch over The Wall 24 hours a day. A special thanks to our leader of Embracing Our Military, Michael Carton, WQPT Director of Education and United States Army veteran.

We also welcome new members who pledged their support during our August Membership campaign. With all that we strive to provide, we can only do so with viewer support and

Warm regards,

 Mary Pruess

 

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